CESP™ & Its Benefits

The CESP™ program is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support the training currently provided in the field. The certification program falls under the oversight of the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC), established by the APSE Board of Directors. The CESP™ is accredited through then National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Accreditation for professional or personnel certification programs provides impartial, third-party validation that the program has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs. The CESP’s content validity is demonstrated through a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the occupation or industry.

The Benefits of Certification

The CESP™ Certification Program was created in response to increasing demand for a system to identify trained, experienced employment specialists. CESP™ certification has many benefits for both programs and professionals.

CESP™ certification has many audiences, including people with disabilities, provider/funder agencies, business, and certificants themselves.

CESP™ Certification as an Industry Standard

The Code of Conduct establishes the basic ethical standards for the professional behavior of ESPCC certificants and candidates. The Code is designed to provide both appropriate ethical practice guidelines and enforceable standards of conduct for all certificants and candidates.

First and foremost, ESPCC certificants and candidates give priority to providing employment support services in a manner that promotes integrity and reflects positively on the profession, consistent with accepted moral, ethical, and legal standards.

CESP™ certificants and candidates have the obligations to:

  • maintain high standards of integrity and professional conduct;
  • accept responsibility for their actions; continually seek to enhance their professional capabilities;
  • practice with fairness and honesty; and,
  • encourage others to act in a professional manner, consistent with certification standards and responsibilities.

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